Students pursuing a Minor in Art History or a BFA in Art History should be able to demonstrate the following by the time they complete all course requirements:
- Ability to outline and present orally information found in selected art historical literature.
- Mastery of art and art history vocabulary, including the language of:
o visual elements (color, light, line, form, etc.);
o design and composition (balance, symmetry, style, focal point, emphasis, etc.);
o media, such as photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, etc.;
o visual culture studies.
- Ability to write effectively in a variety of formats, including:
o comparison/contrast essays;
o description/analysis papers; and
o research papers focused on:
· objects in an art museums;
· contemporary art, artists and/or art practices;
- Ability to create proper bibliographies and references (footnotes and endnotes) using the Chicago Style.
- Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language, preferably German and French.
- Recognition of the visual characteristics of period and regional styles of major monuments for a variety of cultures including:
o Non-western, Ancient, European, American, and Contemporary.
- Knowledge of the history of two or more art media such as
o Painting, sculpture, architecture, printmaking, photography, design and visual culture media.
- Ability to find information about art, artists and cultures in a variety of places and formats, including:
o Public art venues, such as museums, galleries, theaters, etc.;
o Traditional library media, including books, articles and videos found through catalogues and indexes, such as Art Index;
o Digital library media, including books and articles found through the use of computer search engines, such as Infotrac, and First Search;
o Non-library sources, such as the World Wide Web and its search engines, such as Google.com.
- Ability to analyze the meaning(s) of works of art based on:
o subject matter, techniques and materials;
o the biography of the artist;
o other works of art by the same artist;
o related works of art by other artists;
o the artwork’s original context, including social, political and economic contexts; and
o subsequent contexts
- Ability to synthesize information (especially thesis statements and topic sentences);
- Ability to develop ideas through the process of research, prewriting, writing and rewriting;
- Ability to evaluate assertions and assumptions found in the writing and oral presentations.
Methodology and Theory
- Awareness of the interrelationships between art and ideas related to:
o Politics, including propaganda, nationalism and the avant-garde
o Gender and age
o Geography and region
o Economics, including issues of class, patronage and market forces
o Technology and science
o Social institutions, including education, religion, government, entertainment, etc.
- Awareness of different approaches and methods available to art historians as they interpret art and culture, such as:
o Marxist (political and economic)
o Feminist (gender and age)
o Formalist (non-contextual)
o Psychoanalytic (Freudian, etc)